Next Doncaster Manager Odds: Danny Schofield, Graham Alexander and David Artell linked
Gary McSheffrey became the 22nd manager to depart this season (top-four leagues) after he was sacked by Doncaster Rovers on Monday due to the club’s “standard of performances in matches and a lack of progress between games”.
In the statement confirming McSheffrey’s exit, Chairman David Blunt also revealed his disappointment at Doncaster’s style of play and identity, issues he’ll hope to fix with the appointment of a third permanent manager within the last year.
As is custom when a new EFL vacancy arises - which has been a pretty frequent occurrence in the last month! - a whole host of names have burst into the frame within the early next Doncaster manager odds.
With the club seeking a more entertaining and attack-minded manager to revitalise the first team, we’ve investigated the market below to see who could be an ideal fit as McSheffrey’s replacement at Donny.
BetVictor took the market down on Monday following a flurry of activity on Danny Schofield, who started out at 12/1 before rapidly having his odds cut to just 2/1 prior to closure. Now reopened on Tuesday morning, Schofield is the red-hot frontrunner at 1/2.
Doncaster-born Schofield started the current campaign in charge of Championship side Huddersfield following the abrupt summer departure of Carlos Corberan weeks before the season kicked-off.
However, a return of one win from nine matches saw him relieved of his duties in mid-September, so it wasn’t exactly an ideal start to his managerial career. His limited outright experience and chastening Terriers spell means that, to many fans, this appointment could be a huge risk.
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A young and exciting Crewe side played some brilliant football under David Artell in their promotion winning season, then their first season in League One. Artell, 6/1, certainly seems to fit the bill when it comes to the type of manager that Doncaster are looking for. However, regular readers of The Sack Race will note that he's already been linked with multiple League Two jobs this season, none of which seem to have taken his fancy. Could this be the job that turns his head?
There seems to have been some interest on Graham Alexander who was cut from 12/1 to 3/1 following the return of the market. His style of football isn't for everyone, although he's previously pieced together promotion-winning teams at Fleetwood and Salford, and nearly led Scunthorpe into the Championship.
There are plenty of big prices available elsewhere on managers with a League Two promotion on their CV, including Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (25/1), Paul Tisdale, Kenny Jackett, and former Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson (all 33/1), who are each located in the Job Centre right now. Meanwhile Nigel Adkins, who has multiple promotions higher up the pyramid, is a shorter price at 6/1.
Liam Rosenior, 33/1, did a solid job as interim manager of Derby in the aftermath of Wayne Rooney’s exit; registering seven wins in 12 matches before the club brought in the experienced Paul Warne from Rotherham. An intelligent and talented coach, it’s surely only a matter of time until another EFL club offers the 38-year-old his first permanent post in the dugout.
Elsewhere, former Doncaster captain Graeme Lee is interested in the role, according to Doncaster Free Press, who also mentioned former player Sam Hird and Graham Coughlan as possible contenders, as well as the aforementioned Artell and Schofield.
In the meantime, coaches Chad Gribble and Paul Green will oversee first team training until a new manager is in place.
Full odds can be found below, while you can cast your vote in our Poll.